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January 18, 2009

PSU Wrestlers ninth at N.E. Dual Meet Championships

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            BRISTOL, R.I. - Rebounding from a first-round loss, the Plymouth State University wrestling team won three straight matches Sunday afternoon to capture the consolation title at the New England Wrestling Association's Dual Meet Championships, hosted by Roger Williams University.

            The Panthers, seeded seventh in the 15-team event, was upset by 10th-seeded Bridgewater State College in the first round, 30-18.  PSU rebounded with victories over 15th-seeded Western New England College, 31-18; 12th-seeded Trinity College, 34-11; and 10th-seeded WPI, 30-18.  The three wins gave Plymouth State ninth place in the tournament, the consolation title, and improved the Panthers' season dual meet record to 5-4.

            Johnson & Wales University edged Rhode Island College, 18-17, to win the team title.  Williams College defeated Springfield College, 36-7, for third place, Southern Maine earned a decision over Wesleyan University, 24-21, for fifth place, and Roger Williams defeated Bridgewater State for seventh place, 28-17.

            Senior Chris Greenwood (Manchester, N.H./West) led the Panthers with three victories in four bouts, posting two wins by fall and one by forfeit at 133 pounds. 

             PSU swept the 125-pound and 197-pound weight classes.  Junior Fred Wilkinson (Quogue, N.Y.) and freshman Josh Huber (Hampton, N.H./Winnacunnet) each went 2-0 at 125, and senior Josh St. Ours (Auburn, N.H./Manchester Memorial) and sophomore Eric Larcomb (Jefferson, N.H.) were both 2-0 at 197.

            Freshmen Mike Willey (Tewksbury, Mass.) and freshman Logan Russell (Bath, Maine) and sophomore Dustin Rudy (Iselin, N.J.) also won two matches each for PSU.  Willey won two of three at 157 pounds, Russell went 2-2 at 149, and Rudy earned decisions in both of his bouts at 165.

            St. Ours improved his team-leading record to 17-4.  Willey and freshman Cody Oliverio (Brick, N.J.) each have 13 individual wins, and Wilkinson, Huber and Rudy all have 12 victories.

            PSU travels to Norwich University next Saturday for a multi-team meet with Norwich, Bridgewater State, MIT and Williams.

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